JAMESTOWN – Jamestown Public Schools and the Jamestown Teachers Association (JTA) have announced the joint-approval a new collective bargaining agreement teachers.
The Jamestown school board approved the JTA Contract at its board meeting Thursday, and the JTA membership ratified the contract on Wednesday. The four-year agreement is effective immediately and runs through June 2018. The JTA has been without a new contract since June 2014.
JTA President Chris Reilly said the union feels the settlement is a fair one and members pleased with it. School board president Paul Abbott said the members of the board are pleased that the District and the JTA could come to a mutually-beneficial agreement, adding that the board knows how hard both teams have worked to come to a fair conclusion that will ultimately benefit our students and district.
According to the Post-Journal, the new contract isn’t all that different from the previous contract, other than adding an additional payment step to better reward teaching longevity. The old contract had 22 steps, and ended at $82,000. The new contract contains 23 steps and ends at $85,000. Only teachers who have put in 30 years or more at the district would reach the highest step. The contract also includes an attendance incentive, that rewards retirees based on unused sick days they have acquired.